Health and Wellness

Embracing Our Passions: The Health Benefits of Play
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Embracing Our Passions: The Health Benefits of Play

I would rather die of passion than boredom. Octave Mouret in Au Bonheur des Dames by Émile Zola Happy New Year! As 2018 unfolds, I wish everyone health, joy and prosperity. The last year for me was a transformative one, filled with travel, new friendships, and assorted challenges. Two pivotal moments stood out – one…

COULD WE ALL BE MENTALLY ILL?

COULD WE ALL BE MENTALLY ILL?

Could we all be mentally ill?  This may be the diagnosis when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) officially publishes the DSM-5 in May 2013. What is the DSM? DSM stands for “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” and is essentially the “bible of psychiatry.”  The manual contains a listing of psychiatric disorders, corresponding to…

I’m Blogging for Mental Health
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I’m Blogging for Mental Health

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them humanity cannot survive Dalai Lama May is International Mental Health Month and I’m blogging for mental health. Not long ago I witnessed an incident that left me feeling both shocked and dismayed.  I was on a crowded streetcar when loud singing broke out.  I turned and…

Taking a Stand (or My First Skinny Dip)
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Taking a Stand (or My First Skinny Dip)

Say YES to life.  Participate.  Move.  Act….Take a stand. Susan Jeffers, psychologist, author I like skinny-dipping.  This recent self-discovery is startling in view of the fact that I’m someone who has always been timid around water and the idea of me skinny-dipping was as remote as, well…, me diving off a dock.  How did I…